Synopsis by Mark Deming
A woman with a knack for decorating homes has her emotional feng shui thrown into disarray in this sexploitation drama. Pam (Suzan Thomas) is a successful interior designer who shares her home with Wendy (Betty Whitman), the manager of her business affairs, but otherwise keeps the world at arm's length. While Pam has little interest in love, Wendy is secretly carrying on an affair with Robb (Howard Dale), a contractor who often works with Pam and satisfies Wendy's taste for rough sex. Pam's solitary personal life is shattered by the arrival of Ellen (Rene Howard), her younger cousin who has a freewheeling sex life. Ellen takes it upon herself to broaden Pam's erotic horizons, and she soon has the help of Emmy (Barbara Lance), Robb's neglected wife who has turned to women for satisfaction. The attentions of both Ellen and Emmy lead Pam away from her habits of pleasuring herself and into uncharted territory. The Layout was written and directed by Joe Sarno, who earned a cult following for his intelligent and personal approach to traditional sexploitation conceits.